Northeast Conference on Science & Skepticism

NECSS 2019 will feature four full days of presentations, panels, workshops, and more featuring dozens of speakers from the worlds of both science and skepticism.

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Early bird discount available until June 14th.

What is NECSS?

The Northeast Conference on Science & Skepticism (pronounced “nexus”) is a science and critical thinking conference held annually in New York City. NECSS welcomes leading scientists, educators, activists, and artists who educate and engage conference attendees through individual presentations, panel discussions, workshops, and performance pieces. NECSS is as much a meeting of minds as it is a conference, and social events and mixers are organized throughout the weekend to allow attendees the opportunity to mix and mingle in a friendly, relaxed atmosphere.

Who is NECSS for?

NECSS is for everyone! NECSS attracts hundreds of people, from all different walks of life, from around the world. It is a forum for the general public to mingle with scientists, educators, philosophers, medical professionals, students, and many other people that you might not ordinarily meet. Everyone can find something of interest during these four days of conversation!

What Else?

Now in its 11th year, NECSS is produced by New York City Skeptics, the New England Skeptical Society, The Skeptics’ Guide to the Universe, and The Society for Science-Based Medicine. NECSS attracts hundreds of people from all walks of life from around the world. Presenters include scientists, educators, philosophers, entertainers, activists, and authors from a variety of backgrounds and experiences, each of whom will share their unique perspective with conference attendees.

2019 Speakers

Meet our speakers, panelists, and workshop presenters

Carl Zimmer

Keynote Speaker

Our Keynote Speaker, Carl Zimmer is ....

    Leighann Lord

    Emcee, comedian, writer, and actress

    Leighann Lord was the New York City face of the African Americans for Humanism outreach campaign sponsored by the Center for

      Mary Roach

      Author, Science Communication

        Paul Offit

        Pediatrician and co-inventor of rotavirus vaccine

          Heather Berlin

          Cognitive Neuroscientist

          Heather Berlin is a cognitive neuroscientist and Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount S

            Evan Bernstein

            Co-Host of The Skeptics' Guide to the Universe

            Evan Bernstein is a co-host of The Skeptics’ Guide to the Universe and The Skeptics Guide 5×5 podcasts. He serves as the C

              Spiro Condos

              Dentist/skeptical activist

              Spiro Condos is a dentist in private practice in NYC and an associate clinical professor at NYU teaching post-graduate implan

                Russ Dobler

                Science Editor for AiPT! Comics

                Russ Dobler has a degree in geophysics and a certificate in journalism, which he combines in his role as Science Editor for t

                  Liz Gaston

                  Educator

                    Debbie Goddard

                    Vice President, Programs at American Atheists

                      David Gorski

                      Science-Based Medicine

                        George Hrab

                        Singer/Songwriter

                        Multi-instrumentalist, singer, songwriter, producer, composer, and defender of the theory of gravity George Hrab has traveled

                          Randi Hutter Epstein, MD, MPH

                          Author, Medical Writer, Adjunct Professor

                          Randi Hutter Epstein, MD, MPH is an educator and medical writer whose articles have appeared in national publications includi

                            Andrea Jones-Rooy

                            Demystifying Data Science

                              Nathan Lents

                              Evolutionary biologist, author, professor

                              Nathan H. Lents, Ph.D. is Professor of Biology at John Jay College of the City University of New York.

                                Brant MacDuff

                                Taxidermist and wildlife educator

                                Brant MacDuff is a taxidermist and wildlife educator. He has been to that Bunny Island in Japan and says it's awesome.

                                  Bob Novella

                                  Co-Host of The Skeptics' Guide to the Universe

                                    Jay Novella

                                    Co-Host of The Skeptics' Guide to the Universe

                                    Jay Novella is a skeptical activist, a science popularizer and co-host of The Skeptics’ Guide To The Universe, a top 10 sci

                                    Steven Novella

                                    Neurologist and Host of The Skeptics' Guide to the Universe

                                    Dr. Steve Novella is an academic clinical neurologist at Yale University School of Medicine. He is the president and co-found

                                    Aaron Rabinowitz

                                    Philosopher, Ethicist, Podcast Host

                                    Aaron Rabinowitz currently serves as the Philosopher in Residence for the Rutgers Honors College, and teaches through the Rut

                                    Neville Sanjana

                                    Bioengineer

                                    Neville Sanjana, PhD, is a Core Faculty Member at the New York Genome Center and Assistant Professor in the Departments of Bi

                                      Cara Santa Maria

                                      Science Communication and Co-Host of The Skeptics' Guide to the Universe

                                      Cara Santa Maria is a Los Angeles Area Emmy and Knight Foundation Award winning journalist, science communicator, television

                                      Eric Walton

                                      The Psychology of Magic

                                        Brian Wecht

                                        Comedian, Musician, and Physicist

                                        Brian Wecht is a comedian, musician, and theoretical physicist.

                                        Odaelys Walwyn

                                        Microbiologist, Immunologist, and Educator

                                          SPEAKERS

                                          DAYS

                                          WORKSHOPS

                                          Attendees

                                          2019 Schedule

                                          Draft Schedule Subject to Change

                                          9:30am - 10am
                                          Registration
                                          12:45pm - 2:15pm
                                          LUNCH (on your own)
                                          Jay Novella & Brian Wecht
                                          9:30am - 10am
                                          Registration
                                          12:45pm - 2:15pm
                                          LUNCH (on your own)
                                          3:45pm - 5pm
                                          How to be Skeptical About Your Health Care
                                          8pm - 12am
                                          Drinking Skeptically
                                          7:00PM – 9:00PM
                                          Real/Fake Science

                                          Real/Fake Science

                                          NECSS ventures into Brooklyn for this interactive performance. Real/Fake Science features six presenters and six topics, some will be fabricated and some factual, some scientists and some charlatans. Faced with uncertainty can you sort the fact from the fiction?.

                                          Details

                                          • Date: Thursday July 11
                                          • Time: 7:00PM – 9:00PM (doors open at 6:30PM)
                                          • Registration: ($35 early bird pricing)
                                          • Location: The Pine Box (12 Grattan St, Brooklyn, NY 11206)*

                                          At this one-of-a-kind interactive mystery science event participants are invited to surf the line between fact and fiction. Cunning presenters will confound you with their alternate facts and surprising truths. Join fellow skeptics and prepare to be regaled with tales of real and fake science, recounted by knowledgeable presenters hailing from a range of scientific disciplines. Participants will compete for the distinction of Most Discerning! The science will be fantastic and some will be phony! Be prepared to listen closely and keep your smartphones and internet gadgets stowed away.

                                          *Located a short 15 minute ride across the river into Brooklyn!

                                          10AM - 12PM
                                          SGU Private Show
                                          11AM - 1PM
                                          Registration
                                          1:10PM - 1:55PM
                                          David Gorski: Science Based Medicine: Cancer Quackery and Fake News: Targeting the Most Vulnerable
                                          2PM - 2:45PM
                                          Odaelys Walwyn: Illusion of Accessibility in STEM
                                          Host: Brian Wecht, with George Hrab (more tba)
                                          8:00pm - 10:00pm
                                          SGU Extravaganza
                                          The Skeptics' Guide to the Universe
                                          10:00pm - 12:00am
                                          Drinking Skeptically
                                          8AM - 9AM
                                          Registration
                                          9:10AM - 9:55AM
                                          Paul Offit: Science Based Medicine presents: The Vaccine Wars
                                          10AM - 10:45AM
                                          Debbie Goddard
                                          Steve Novella, Bob Novella, Jay Novella, Evan Bernstein, Cara Santa Maria
                                          12PM - 1:30PM
                                          LUNCH (on your own)
                                          4:30PM - 5:30PM
                                          Carl Zimmer KEYNOTE: Heredity: Its Powers, Perversions, and Potential
                                          8pm - 10pm
                                          NECSS Social
                                          8AM - 9AM
                                          Registration
                                          9:05AM - 9:55AM
                                          Science Based Medicine presents: Steven Novella
                                          10:50AM - 11:35AM
                                          Randi Hutter Epstein: Aroused: A History of Hormone Healers & Hucksters
                                          12:30PM - 2PM
                                          LUNCH (on your own)
                                          Steve Novella, Neville Sanjana
                                          4:30PM - 5:15PM
                                          Brant MacDuff: A Brief History of Taxidermy

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                                          Register Today!

                                          NECSS 2019 early bird registration is now open! Discount pricing is available until June 14th.

                                          Register Today!

                                          NECSS 2019 early bird registration is now open! Discount pricing is available until June 14th.

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                                          $99
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                                          • Free snacks
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                                          $147
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                                          Location

                                          • 227 W 27th St New York, NY
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